Historic England is asking YOU to document lockdown in England

Historic England is asking YOU to document lockdown in England
(Image credit: Katherine Grice)

As the entire world continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis, Historic England is calling on people across the country to share images that document their experience of seven days in lockdown. The #PicturingLockdown campaign will run from Wednesday 29 April to Tuesday 5 May, giving you plenty of time to capture an image that best describes your experience of lockdown.

In addition, ten contemporary artists from across the nation have also been chosen to produce their own interpretation of lockdown over the week. Historic England's aim with this project is to create a unique and reflective record of a week across the nation in this extraordinary moment in history.

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Once the images have been submitted, 100 of them will be selected to enter the Historic England Archive to provide a record for the future. Of these 100 submissions, 50 will be the works of the ten contemporary artists and 50 will be the most evocative, informative and inspiring images from the public's submissions.

This is the first time that the public has been asked to capture a moment in time since the Second World War, which certainly underlines the gravity of what Historic England is asking for. 

Submit your photos to Historic England to document this unprecedented moment in history

Submit your photos to Historic England to document this unprecedented moment in history (Image credit: Paul Marks)

Claudia Kenyatta, the Director of Regions at Historic England said: "We are facing one of the most extraordinary moments in living memory. During this time of necessary lockdown restrictions, we are asking the public and some of our most talented contemporary artists to help us record history, whilst being careful to abide by the government's social distancing measures.

"We want people to show us their experiences of lockdown, how communities have come together and life has changed for us all. These challenging times are encouraging us all to pause and reflect upon our relationship with our surroundings. We hope this project inspires creativity and reflection, allowing the public to create a unique time capsule for the future."

If you want to share your submission for Historic England's #PicturingLockdown campaign, you can do so on social media via the #PicturingLockdown hashtag, or via their website instead. Just make sure that you're abiding by the government's social distancing measures while capturing your shot. 

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.